Dan Coats Sworn in as National Intelligence Director

Senate votes to approve Trump's picks for key security posts

Coats was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence at the U.S. Capitol.

President Trump's choice to lead the Office of National Intelligence is confirmed by his former Senate colleagues.

President Donald Trump's pick for national intelligence director has cleared a hurdle in the Senate.

He succeeds James Clapper, who retired just before Trump took office.

The intelligence position was created in 2004, fallout from the September 11, 2001 attacks and has become critical in helping prevent another terror attack.


Coats, an inductee into Executive Mosaic's Wash100 for 2017, will oversee 16 agencies that make up the US intelligence community as DNI, Jordain Carney wrote.

Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, lauded Coats' nomination after Wednesday's vote.

Donnelly said in a statement that Coats "is eminently qualified for this new role, and I trust he will remain clear-eyed about the threats facing our nation, including Russian attempts to undermine our democracy". "He understands well the unique nature of intelligence work and will ensure the [intelligence community] has the legal tools and authorities needed to help keep our country safe".

Coats said during his confirmation hearing at the Senate Intelligence Committee that moving back to the executive branch was not his plan when he announced his intent to retire from the Senate.

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